Harvard, Princeton, Yale, MIT, Duke, Brown, Northwestern, Vanderbilt……
These names are the most familiar in our culture about being the best and for many of us, the places where we want our kids to go.
Because they have tons of money, lots of resources and wealthy, well-connected alumni for our children to network with. We want to pave the road of success for our kids and wear a badge of honor for all the sacrifices we have made for them.
How do I know this?
Well, one, I’ve been working with parents and students for 25 years and many have told me as such, but I was also a parent of a senior in the class of 2022. I will not pretend that I did not want any of...
11th and 10th-grade students (and sometimes 9th) often take PSAT in October. Make sure your school registers them by: this Wednesday, September 15th
The Fall ACT and SAT are often taken by seniors who need one or two more cracks at it.
October ACT registration date is: September 17, 2021
October ACT test date: October 23, 2021
December ACT registration date: November 5, 2021
December ACT test date: December 11, 2021
November SAT registration date: October 8, 2021
November SAT test date: November 6, 2021
December SAT registration date: November 4, 2021
December SAT test date: December 4, 2021
As parents, we all have a lot on our plates. Now that the school year is starting, we’re juggling more than we were 60 days ago. While routine is good, we cannot allow the schools that we send our kids to dictate their futures. We must step in, be present, ask questions and be clear of what we want as the end goal of the high school experience for our children. Yes, health and happiness trump all, but we also want to make sure our children have college options and in order to do that we must do the three things below.
#1 Review the classes and understand the sequence of courses for upcoming years
Too many parents are frustrated at the beginning of their child’s senior year when they learn...
I’ll keep this one very simple and easy. I’m sure many of you have long “to do” lists for the school year. I know I do. Instead of making your life harder, I want to make it easier and offer only one thing. Here goes.
Class of 2022
Make sure your kid is writing their essay(s). This is not an easy task and it’s critically important given that many schools do not need standardized testing this year. I’m offering an essay writing course that can help them to brainstorm and revise AND I will read the essay and offer constructive feedback. Click Here To Learn More
Class of 2023
What’s the plan for testing? ACT or SAT? When and how are they prepping?...
Writing a college essay is hard. Very few students go into the writing process “pumped” to sit in front of a computer to tell a story. It's part laborious, oftentimes frustrating and occasionally embarrassing. The most common thing I hear is “I don't know what to write!” and then it becomes my job to help the student to brainstorm and believe in the idea that we have thought of together.
Know what's far easier? Documenting life. Instead of trying to devise some cleverly creative epiphany that they think will change the landscape of college admissions and help them get into the college of their dreams, students should simply share what has happened in their lives or what...
With so many admissions options, when should a student apply? I’ll start with my favorite:
Under Rolling Admissions, applications to the schools are reviewed as they are completed and colleges accept eligible candidates until all freshmen spots are filled. This means, applying early to the school has a great advantage. Applications may even be accepted as early as the summer before the senior year. A number of schools, particularly big state schools, use rolling admissions. Check each school's rolling admissions start date. Students typically receive the decision within two months after the completed application is sent in. Applying rolling admissions is...
The key to a college interview is preparation. There are three types of interviews. There's the on-campus interview, one via video conferencing like Zoom, or one with an alumnus in your local area. It's always important for your child to show their best self, and to ask questions, and share thoughts or concerns about the school or overall college process.
#1: On-campus interviews are usually conducted by admissions officers and they talk to your child for 25 to 30 minutes about who they are, and what they know about the college they’re meeting with. To schedule an interview, you can usually select a time on a school's website.
#2: Local alumni interviews are conducted by alumni who...